Heavy/Scratch: WFC Insect Leader Conversion Kit

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  1. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    *WIP, obviously. I need to track down a second WFC BB. Obviously, you wouldn't use sticky tape! :D 

    EDIT: There will now be two version of the kit (v4 and v4.1) Please see here for more information

    WFC Insect Leader v4

    WFC Insect Leader v4.1

    Thanks to Anti-Venom for continually pushing me to test this kit. I'm glad he did, as it turned out great!

    First of all, look at my avatar. That's my custom Classics Shrapnel, made from a Classics Bumblebee. I've since done an Animated version from Animated BB, and it is still my favorite and signature conversion. But the WFC version lacked anything really Shrapnel like. Classics had the jet pack which could serve as horns. Animated had the electrical stingers. WFC? Well, aside from looking like a bug and being round, it really had nothing to make it work as Shrapnel. This is the solution.

    This is WFC Insect Leader.

    Designed by me and produced by Shapeways, this kit comes in 4 parts. The ILAP (Insect Leader Adaption Profile), two HBA (Horn Battle Armor) and of course, Shrapnel's head. The ILAP is to be glued to the roof of the car, and then the other parts simply plug into it. The head replaces the original, it fits right on the existing ball joint. But i'll let the pics do the talking.

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    I tried to emulate G1 Shrapnel's silhouette as best i could with the horns in robot mode, which sit comfortably behind the shoulders, so there's little effect on articulation.

    The holes in the ILAP are all 5mm holes, so the existing gun can be placed on top of the car mode in case on desired extra firepower. The car mode was inspired by Robot Wars, in the sense that the two HBA serve to create a ramp at the front, with a pretty low ground clearance. The idea is that Shrapnel can simply drive up to, and then underneath another TF, in the process hopefully flipping it over.

    Anyways, i'll paint it up as soon as i get a spare BB (don't want to sacrifice this one :(  ). Hope you guys like it so far. I'll link to its Shapeways page where you can get one if you so choose.
     

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  2. bellyboy

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    i like it but the head is too small
    can u made it bigger ?
     
  3. Todd Hakusho

    Todd Hakusho Resident Gryphon

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    ooooooooooooooooooooo, when that head gets bigger, I'm so investing in this. :3
     
  4. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Hmm, it's not actually that small in real life.

    Anyways, to give a sense of size, this head's about 11mm tall, and i've now made a 16mm tall head which i will update to Shapeways soon. Sadly, it seems ever since Shapeways implemented their Facebook logon system, their site's been quite screwy and reloads itself constantly, so until their site gets back up to running standard, i can't upload anything.
     
  5. simonatmac

    simonatmac The stop motion maker

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    Yes, the head IS too small. But I like the idea. That´s something else [​IMG]
     

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  6. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Okay, here's what i've got so far:

    There will be two versions of this kit: v4 and v4.1

    v4) The version you see in the OP, with a bigger head (16mm tall, same as Bumblebee's original head's height.

    v4.1) Same as v4, but the HBA pieces are hollowed out (see screenshot). The hollowing has been done to make it as unsuspecting as possible in car mode. The advantage to this is, of course, you save money. But you have to deal with having a chasm dug out of the two HBA parts.

    (4.1 Scrnsht)
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  7. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    like the 4.1 even better... give it extra dimesoion and you could use NEON paint in the inside??? :D 
     
  8. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    ^so buy one! :lol 

    I like the neon paint idea. It would look cool, especially if you could make it glow in the dark.
     
  9. destrongerlupus

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    Man, once the bigger head is uploaded, I am SO buying one of these :)  Brilliant!
     
  10. SMOG

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    Interesting... I like the way the pincers contour to the body of the "car" mode.

    Though... Shrapnel isn't the leader of the Insecticons. ;) 

    zmog
     
  11. gargunkle

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    That is pretty cool!
    Edit: My bad, didn't realize those were links to the actual purchasable items in the first post.
     
  12. warriorpriest

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    i love the concept on this, so wicked. :D  So where are the other two??
     
  13. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    The two links in the OP do have the bigger head. :) 
     
  14. destrongerlupus

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    Oh sweet! My next Shapeways order is gonna be massive...
     
  15. Anti-Venom

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    Well this is nice!

    I will certainly buy the 4.1 version when I get some cash, and like I said earlier this is my favorite BB converter.
     
  16. Rumble02

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    georgeous
     
  17. Ironkorr

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    thats way too cool....
     
  18. Ramrider

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    Shhh... he's in denial about Venom... :p 
     
  19. dking

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    wow!!!that's cool....
     

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